Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2012 10:10 PM (in response to o_m_r)
Lion will ask you to install it when you finish the installation, so don't worry about that. You can also download the update and install it manually
Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2012 10:38 PM (in response to mende1)
Thanks for the reply, that's great. Sorry, I meant to click this answered my question ;)
I'm still curious a to the "update installer" the EFI article refers to...
Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2012 10:42 PM (in response to o_m_r)
It's the file that you can download from that page instead of Software Update. It does the same. When you install it, don't power off your computer and connect it to the charger
Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2012 10:44 PM (in response to o_m_r)
Depending one when your unit was actually produced (my 'late 2011,' for instance, was manufactured in February of 2012) the firmware updates may already be in place. They're usually included with "Software Updates" so I would check what firmware you have and whether you need the new patches or not.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2012 10:55 PM (in response to mende1)
Okay now I get it, thanks again
Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2012 11:02 PM (in response to clintonfrombirmingham)
Thanks for the reply. I did check my current boot ROM/firmware and listed it in my original post. There appears to have been 2 firmware updates for my model but it's now my understanding that since I haven't upgraded to Lion that they weren't included in any auto updates for snow leopard.
I'll wait til I auto update while/after clean installing Lion on the new SSD.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 8, 2013 10:01 PM (in response to o_m_r)
By the time I finally did the SSD installation OS X Mountain LIon had been released. Although my chosen SSD (Samsung 830) doesn't allow for a firmware update unless SATA connected to a Windows system (or if you were to have some version of Windows installed on your mac), it was luckily already updated with the latest firmware.
I made a boot disc (on an external HDD) in Snow Leopard using the OS X ML .dmg.
I then did the swap of the included HDD with the SSD (I also upgraded the RAM to the max 8GB), and booted from the external HDD containing the boot disc, then proceeded to install OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
...everything went smoothly and quickly.
I have had no issues with the installations and upgrades, and OS X Mountain Lion has worked extremely well with my mid 2010 Macbook Pro (15" unibody, 6,2). I have noticed some system taxing while being connected to a Cinema Display (the graphics card included with this system is a little weak), but otherwise pretty good. This particular SSD is, or at least was one of, if not arguably the best consumer SSD on the market, and is overkill for this system, i.e. model MacBook Pro. But it was priced at the time such that it was no additional expense to go with it vs a better matched SSD for this system's specs and capabilities.
I have yet to enable TRIM through OS X, and think that might be of benefit and is on my agenda.
Pertaining to my other original concern regarding updating the firmware of the MacBook Pro and whether it need to or could be done prior to upgradin the OS, that issue was solved, regardless of choosing Lion or Mountain Lion, by OS X software update automatically. Something I've never experienced with Windows
Thanks again to mende1 for the help with my questions/concerns.